TAMPA — A six-month code enforcement sweep in North and Central Tampa has resulted in 4,517 inspections and the removal of 80-plus tons of trash.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Thursday that inspectors opened 906 cases on 895 properties. Of those, 784 have since been brought into compliance.
Buckhorn launched the sweep after a slum-housing scandal that brought down then-Tampa Port Authority chairman William "Hoe" Brown. The sweep targeted three areas: Florida Avenue east to 22nd Street between Busch Boulevard and Linebaugh Avenue; Central Avenue to Florida Avenue between Bird Street and Sligh Avenue; and 50th Street east to 58th Street between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Interstate 4.
"Homeowners who invested in these houses 30 years ago, 20 years ago, can finally now start to see their home value raised," said Desmond Key, of the Grant Park Civic Association.